Bareback Riding

  • Bareback Bronc Riding at the Williams Lake Stampede

The Bareback Riding event is the most physically demanding in rodeo. The cowboy, using only one arm, holds onto the leather handhold of the riggin’, which is a leather pad cinched around the horse. The stress on the rider’s arm is intense, absorbing most of the horse’s power. The handhold is snug fitting and customized to the individual’s grip.

The rider will be disqualified for failing to keep his spurs over the break of the shoulder until the first jump out of the chute is completed or touching the animal, or equipment with his free hand, or bucking off before the end of the eight second ride.

Riders try to spur the horse on each jump, reaching as far forward as they can with their feet, then bringing their ankles back toward the riggin’. At the same time they must keep from being snatched away from the handhold. The higher and wilder they spur, the better they mark.